I have been blonde all my life. As a child, my hair was a very pale, almost platinum blonde color. As I entered my teenage years, it gradually turned darker and became a dirty blonde/light brown shade. Longing for a lighter color, but not wanting to damage my hair with harsh dyes, my friend recommended lemon juice and sunlight.
So one boring summer afternoon, she helped me mix a spray bottle of lemon liquid and dampened my hair. While we swam in the creek by her house and played on a homemade slip-and-slide, I let the sun work some magic.
When I rinsed out my hair, I could tell it was a bit lighter than before. By repeating this lemon-juice process several times over the course of the summer, I achieved a naturally highlighted look by the time school resumed.
According to www.sweetcosmetics.com, one great lemon juice recipe is to mix one cup of lemon juice with ¼ cup of warm water. Spritz the mixture on your hair and let the sun take over. Be cautious, however, because lemons have a high acid content. The natural lemon acids lighten hair pigment and sunlight intensifies these effects. So be careful to not spend too much time in the sun as you can actually damage your hair and deprive it of natural oils and moisture in the process.
Another way to naturally lighten your hair without going to the salon is to use chamomile. In fact, an eHow health article recommended making a mixture from chamomile tea bags, lavender oil and yogurt. To get the full recipe and step by step instructions, visit http://www.ehow.com/how_2119586_use-chamomile-lighten-hair.html.
Honey is also known to have lightening properties when correctly mixed with the appropriate amounts of water. For more detailed information, read Ktani’s Hair Sense article at http://ktanihairsense.blogspot.com/2009/11/part-4-of-4-on-innovativee-approaches.html. When doing honey lightening treatments, www.naturallycurly.com recommends washing your hair first to rid it of any product or oils. They also state to not use any heat on your hair while the honey is in it. Lastly, adding some ground cinnamon, extra virgin olive oil or coconut can help give the honey a boost and enhance the coloring.
Rhubarb is another natural way to lighten hair. An eHow style article suggested using rhubarb roots, fresh rhubarb and water to create a lightening mixture. For a warmer color, you can substitute red wine in place of water. For the full rhubarb recipe, visit http://www.ehow.com/how_2139520_use-rhubarb-root-lightening-hair.html. However, eHow cautions that those with already pale blonde hair may want to avoid this method as it can actually darken hair color.
So if you are in the mood to lighten you hair naturally this summer, give one of the easy recipes a try!
Katie Clontz is a staff writer and customer service representative for Pro Extensions. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ball State University and has previously worked for publications such as The Courier-Times, The Knightstown Banner and Angie’s List.